The 188m Eastgate Tower has recieved full planning permission from Manchester City Council, capping off a fantastic week for skyscrapers in the city.
Designed by Australian architects Woods Bagot, the sleek 60 storey glass skyscraper will become the tallest in Manchester and the tallest in the UK outside London, trumping the 171m Beetham Tower which will hold the titles for a couple of years at the most. Not bad for their first foray into the UK.
The site is an old section of railway viaduct totalling 3.5 acres, on Store Street behind Piccadilly Station, creating a stunning new gateway to the city along with the recently submitted Crown Building, and helping the city build a skyline worthy of it's size.
The Inacity developed scheme exceeds 1 million square feet, spread over 3 buildings. In total there will be 701 apartments, 220 hotel rooms, retail, conference facilities, a fitness club and a skybar on the 16th floor.
New squares will be created between the buildings, bringing the development into the public realm, a footbridge connecting the development with the station will also be built.
The development could start in summer 2005 and be completed during 2008.
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